A recent article, Working remotely? How to be the best virtual teammate by Dana Manciagli says that in this globalized, highly-connected world, working remotely is continually gaining its popularity, and those who work remotely are often more productive than their office-bound counterparts. However, when it comes to virtual teaming, it presents unique challenges to high performance.
Here are three ways to make you the best virtual coworker and help you in positioning yourself to be sought after in any organization.
Capitalize early on swift trust
Trust is the glue that connects and binds virtual teammates/coworkers together in different shared office space from diverse places and in different time zones. As a virtual coworker you should build trust early — apply that thing called “benefit of the doubt” to the people you’ve recently met—and eventually turn it into a genuine trust based on consistent behavior and on your relation to others as coworkers.
Be open about expectations
Communication is one of the major hurdles to virtual teamwork. So be honest and clear- let your virtual teammates know what manner of communication you prefer, what time you are available to have call/video chats and conference calls, , and what turnaround time they can expect from you.
Check in more frequently
Communicate and check in more often than you usually would on a traditional team office space. Daily updates and progress reports on your important assignments and significant deliverables may seem superfluous, but can go a long way towards positioning you as a top member of whatever team you’re on.
These tips will help you become the best virtual teammate, a skill that will certainly serve you well. Likewise, having a well dedicated office is an advantage for your efficiency and productivity as a virtual teammate. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.
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